Mobilities, Spaces and Cities

Alessandro Monsutti
Rafael Sanchez

DE134 | Spring | 6ECTS

This course addresses the complex relationship between migration, urbanization and development. In a context of globalisation, a growing number of people live outside the country of their birth or citizenship, while the world is increasingly urbanised. Many international and domestic migrants across the globe are heading into cities, which in turn are being reshaped by this influx of people. On the one hand, migration has affected the role, composition and governance of cities; on the other hand, urban life has transformed migrants and often pushed them into various forms of social, political and economic marginality.

Bringing together migration and urban studies will allow us to explore processes of deterritorialization and reterritorialization, the emergence of novel forms of sovereignty, and consider the importance of space as a signifier of relations of knowledge and power. In the light of the continuing debates over assimilation and integration, but also the transnational turn and new mobilities paradigm, topics to be considered will bridge the conventional North-South divide and include: the migration-development nexus; the contribution of migrants’ remittances to development; the factors that are driving people to gateway cities; the changing nature of urban social fabric; political power and social inequality; urban violence and gangs; memory and the media.